Salaries for techies in the post dotbomb era are not declining as quickly as one might think. In fact, as noted by C|Net, 'stabilizing' is the keyword, not 'declining.'
Around here in Northern Virginia, it is hard to drive around and not go by a completely empty tech building. You would (or more precisely I would) expect these places to be crawling with aficionados of O'Reilly books. Hopefully this will all turn itself around in 2002.